Zubin Karkaria is first Asian to head a Swiss company

Zubin Karkaria, CEO of the Kuoni Group is the first Asian to head a listed Swiss company. Last November, Karkaria was elevated to the position of chief executive officer of the Kuoni Group, and became the first Asian to head a listed Swiss company.

Karkaria says that he doesn't eat meat on Tuesdays, wherever he is in the world. "For the last 20 years, I have been a regular visitor to the Siddhi Vinayak temple."

Karkaria is also a Zoroastrian priest, and used to earn pocket money in his free time by reciting prayers at a local Parsi fire temple while in school and college.

Karkaria started working part-time in a travel agency his classmate owned, when he was studying management. He then joined the travel agency SOTC, which was taken over by Kuoni in 1996, where he worked across its businesses such as trade fair tours, MICE (meetings, incentives, conferences and events), inbound and outbound tours, and rose within the organisation to deputy CEO.

The basic Zoroastrian precept of good thoughts, good words and good deeds remain his moral compass.

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